Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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3.2/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web
The Allard Pierson Museum is the archaeological museum of the University of Amsterdam. It is situated at the Oude Turfmarkt 127 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Artifacts from the ancient civilizations of ancient Egypt, the Near East, the Greek World, Etruria, and the Roman Empire are curated and exhibited in this museum.Allard PiersonThe name of the Allard Pierson Museum derives from the first professor of classical archaeology at the University of Amsterdam, Allard Pierson (1831–1896). This former clergyman was invited in 1877 to occupy the chair of Aesthetics, Art History, and Modern Languages at the newly founded university. His passion for antiquity, fuelled by his travels to the Mediterranean area, led to his assembling a collection of plaster casts from 1877 to 1895.FoundingThe second professor of archeology at the University of Amsterdam, Jan Six, had a large personal collection of books and antique objects. At his death in 1926, the university had interest in acquiring his collection. In 1932, Pierson's son Jan Lodewijk established the Allard Pierson Foundation in order to make the antiquities collection available for research and teaching. The collection was brought to a building on the Weesperzijde in Amsterdam, with the top floor serving as a museum.
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  • Spent an hour or so visiting this museum and had it mostly to myself. I enjoyed the collections they had available as some were closed temporarily, so that was a bit of a bummer. Bonus points to the s...  read more »
  • Since I am not a great lover of archaeology, I had little expectations of this museum-unfortunately it fell alsnóg against. It is a small museum, present in remodeling between exhibitions by making several rooms were closed. Possible I have not gained a representative impression. Anyway: a clear routing is missing. Captions are quite minimal and the spaces when dark and printed. Interactivity, almost impossible to imagine in museums now, totally missing. And a warm welcome at the entrance/ticket office, as well as any explanation as close rooms, failed. All in all, understandable that I (on the QUIZ pop up exhibition) the museum haven't visited and me usually does not stand out. I would like to recommend the Board a thorough makeover. For the real enthusiast may still be worth it though.
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  • I quick explainer: I came to see the Greco-Roman stuff but didn't discover that that floor was under renovation til after I'd paid to get in. This was massively annoying and should be made clear to vi...  read more »
  • Ok archeological museum. Not super special but fine if you're into the subject.
  • Fine museum. I especially like the Egyptian collection. Visited during the DWDD pop-up museum exhibition, which was unfortunately one big mess.
  • I hadn't yet the opportunity to visit it all but I'm looking forward to be back because it seems really interesting. I participated in a meeting about digital museum in a special conference room and the personnel at the front desk has been very helpful and kind giving me the right information.
  • Interesting exhibits, especially the ancient Egyptian section. Worth noting some of the information was only in Dutch, the main text had English translation.
  • Great pieces of classical antiquity, the temporary exhibits were particularly interesting
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